Coronavirus has dominated news headlines around the world for at least a few weeks, now. While doctors and the whole medical world is trying to find the perfect cure for the virus, there are many people around the world who are falling into a trap of finding remedies that are questionable. Like some people on the other side of Wagah, in India, who are trying to come up with some ‘weird’ solutions to counter the virus.
So, a group of Indians are fighting off Coronavirus by taking a “bath” in a puddle full of cow shit
These men in southern India are said to believe that taking a bath in gobar will make them immune to the currently pandemic virus.
There are also reports that in India, patients of Coronavirus are being given a treatment using a mixture of cow dung and urine
Indian Hindu extremists curing Corona virus patients with cow dung mixed-up with cow urine. pic.twitter.com/Oq2xHWXcgn
— mir hussain (@mirhuss30503473) March 16, 2020
If taking a bath in the gobar wasn’t unique enough Indians are fighting Coronavirus by having pishi drinking parties too, apparently
Hindu activists arranged a party to drink cow’s urine. This party highlighted their underlying belief which states that coronavirus can be treated by a cow’s urine.
Hindu activists hold a cow urine party in the Indian capital, believing it will protect and cure them from the coronavirus. There is no evidence to support this. The number of confirmed cases in India rose to over 100 Saturday.
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) March 15, 2020
Despite being warned by international scientists, the urine party was held in many states of India
Due to the cow being respected as a religious symbol, many people in India are said to firmly believe that cow’s urine can cure the deadly Coronavirus.
My colleagues at @JohnsHopkins have informed me that #CowUrine does not ward off the #Coronavirus. If anything, it is a recipe for even more ailments. #India needs science as a guide.#IndiaVsCorona. #CoronavirusInIndia.https://t.co/4Z4wDIuNqG
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 14, 2020
— RT (@RT_com) March 16, 2020
Some people on social media called these “remedies” by Indians to counter Coronavirus as a result of extremist religious ideology being perpetuated by the Government of India
Critics basically said that activities like these have tarnished the image of Indians globally and was counter to scientific achievements of Indians on the world stage.
Cow urine, cow dung, Yoga being seen as cures for #CoronaVirus has made India a joke internationally. This is part of the larger mess India is now. Modi has not only destroyed India's democracy & secularism, but also its spirit of scientific inquiry. https://t.co/KQKE28Ek0p
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) March 15, 2020
A lot of the Indians tried to knock some sense into their fellows too
Drinking cow urine not only keeps Coronavirus but also common sense at bay.
— Sahil Shah 🇮🇳 (@SahilBulla) March 14, 2020
China has sent doctors to Iran and Italy. I appeal to the central government to send the Hindu Mahasabha with gallons of Gomutra to all countries affected by Coronavirus. They should convince others to drink cow urine and treat Corona.https://t.co/m3LCRsYIIm
— Dibyendu (@Dibyend48970765) March 15, 2020
With the spread of the virus getting more intense than ever, everyone really needs to understand the remedies given by scientists and doctors from around the world. Religious beliefs are good to keep one’s faith intact in such trying times but it is simple scientific remedies that doctors are saying have proven to actually fight the virus. As suggested by WHO, washing hands and maintaining good hygiene can reduce the risk of catching the virus while practices like drinking cow’s urine and taking baths with cow’s dung, can surely lead to more ailments.
Stay safe, everyone.
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